No Friday updates next week (June 3)

Welcome, baby Maura! We celebrate with Pr. Manuel Borbon and his wife as they welcome baby Maura to the world! She was born on May 23. Mom and baby are doing fine. The family thanks you for your prayers.
Ordination and Installation of Rev. Leon LaCross at Bethel Lutheran in Portland. Sunday June 12, at 5 pm. Colors of the day are red and rainbow.
Bishop Laurie is out of office until June 1.
Jemae is out of office until June 7.

Jack Mandeville (DEM grants administrator for the synod) is working on a special project for the synod office as we prepare to build a more comprehensive database. He may be reaching out to you to confirm your contact information and to gather names and contact information for your president (and co or vice president if relevant), treasurer, and admin.

Do you want or need to discern something?  Join with others from across the Oregon Synod this June to explore practices of discernment in solitude and community.  We'll meet on Zoom from 6:30-8 pm (Pacific Time) for four Tuesday evenings: June 7, 14, 21, and 28.  We'll be invited to orient ourselves internally with our belovedness and enter into discernment and community dialogue from that place asking the questions: How do we listen to our own voice?  What do we find trustworthy in the external world?  To what do we attribute authority and wisdom?  Where is God in all of this?  What are signs of healthy discernment?  And how might we support that for one another in community and congregations?  Register here.

ELCA Response to the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
We reaffirm our commitment in calling for greater gun safety, including preventing easy access to assault-style weapons and strengthening our federal system of background checks for all gun sales. 

Join leaders of every expression of the church from across the country every Wednesday, 1-2 p.m. Central time, via Zoom. Find the link here. If you would like to be added to the email notification list with more details about each week’s topic and presenter, email your request to Recordings of each session and related resources are posted by the next day. Find the link here.

Prepare for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday with new resources. On Sunday, Sept. 11, congregations of the ELCA will join together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, our dedicated day of service. As you explore opportunities to participate, visit for planning resources including a tool kit, worship material, videos, posters, social media graphics and a special hymn for the day. As we continue our tradition of service to our neighbor, we remember the words of Martin Luther: “Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”  Plan your day of service.

Did you know that members and employees of ELCA congregations and ministries can join the ELCA Federal Credit Union? New and existing members can take advantage of several benefits, including:

  • No-fee checking accounts with no monthly maintenance, minimum balance or overdraft fees.*
  • Great low rates on auto loans, up to 45% less than the national average.**
  • For a limited time, no payments for up to 60 days and rates as low as 5.99% on personal loans for home improvement projects, repairs and other expenses.***

The ELCA Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that shares its profits in the form of lower fees and better rates, helping you and the ministries you love to do more with your money. Get started at

"The Impact of Davey and Goliath" received the Award of Excellence for Documentary Short from the Associated Church Press. Davey and Goliath, a stop-motion animated series conceptualized by the United Lutheran Church in America, was watched by 5.1 million people every week.

Lutheran World Relief Matching Gift Challenge. The war in Ukraine is affecting countries far beyond its borders. Ukraine and Russia are responsible for 30% of the world's wheat supply. And more than half of the cooking oil. Shortages in wheat and oil have caused food prices to soar to record levels around the world. Families who were already struggling with severe hunger in the world’s poorest countries are now facing imminent starvation. Prompted by God's call to take action for neighbors in need, a group of generous donors has joined together to create this match. Your gift will be matched—dollar for dollar—up to a total of $135,000.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) applications are open. It's not just for new grads! Know ANY adult 21 or older who may be interested in a year of service? ️ LVC is a full-time service and leadership program operating in many cities across the United States. Volunteers are placed in full-time positions at social justice. Learn more here.
Music that Makes Community is offering a One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Eugene. Come Saturday, June 25, from 9 am to 4:30 pm for a renewing day of singing, learning and fellowship. During our time together you’ll:
  • Explore a practice of paperless singing leadership grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity
  • Engage in prayer through congregational music teaching and leading
  • Experience music reflective of the growing diversity of our communities and celebrating our rich liturgical tradition 
Clergy, music directors, lay leaders, and those who love to sing are warmly welcomed. Each person will leave with new music to offer in their congregation, as well as experiences of learning and teaching songs that are directly applicable to worship, formation, and fellowship contexts. The $100 fee includes workshop materials, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Scholarship support is available, and we do not want cost to prevent anyone’s participation. Feel free to contact for more information. Register here!
Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Under the theme “Scatter the Imagination of Our Hearts” (Luke 1:51), St. Olaf College's Conference on Worship, Theology, and Arts (CWTA) invites you to reflect on how the people of God can challenge, change, and inspire others, especially as faith communities imagine new responses to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and structural racism. An excellent continuing education opportunity, the conference offers in-person and virtual options, with discounts available for all and special discounts available for seminarians and candidates for rostered ministry! St. Olaf College, Northfield Minn. July 25–July 28. Questions? Contact
Affordable retreat opportunity for women clergy. This year's Grace Filled Turnings will meet at the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center in Beech Grove, Indiana from July 18-22 around the theme of "Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities." Travel and tuition are paid for by the grant from the Lilly Foundation and the cost to each participant is $250.  Come and find challenge, friendship and rest.  Deadline for applications is June 10. Application and more information on their website. Hosted by The Sisters of St. Benedict who wish to reach out to women pastors to share their own rhythm of prayer and the monastic traditions that guide their lives.
Spiritual retreat: "A Day with Dietrich Bonhoeffer," reading, reflection, and prayer. Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am-4:00 pm at Benedictine Sisters Monastery, Mt. Angel, OR. Led by Pastor Terry Allen Moe. Check out the flyer.
Christ the Good Shepherd in Salem is seeking a part-time parish administrator

June 4: Quarterly presidents Meeting. 10 am-noon. Register here

Aug 8-12: ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Embody the Word

Oct 17-19: Bishop's Convocation
For the families and community of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and all who have lost loved ones to mass shootings.

For the families and community in Buffalo, NY and all who feel the terror of ongoing white supremacy and racial terrorism.

For the people of Ukraine, and for all those who suffer during war.

For all the Ukrainian refugees and those sheltering them, including our sister synod The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland.

For the community of Misión Latina Luterana, Bishop Megan Rohrer, Pr. Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez, Latinx Lutherans, the Sierra Pacific Synod, and especially Bishop Eaton as she reads and reflects on the listening panel report and prepares her response.

For the family and friends of Deacon Doris Creager, who died recently at the ripe age of 100 years and 4+ months.
Go and do God's work!
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